The Chitra Collection: Stunning Silver Wares

The Chitra Collection: Stunning Silver Wares
This five-piece English tea and coffee set was made by Paul Storr in 1810. Storr worked for Rundell, Bridge and Rundell (silversmiths to the royal family and other noble families). This elegant serpent-handled service was one of the most popular marketed by the company. The teapot is circular and modeled in the form of an ancient Roman lamp, reflecting the influence of classical antiquity on design at this time. The set is typical of Storr’s Regency style and features classical motifs such as gadrooning (a series of convex curves) and bands of palmettes, which resemble the fan-shaped leaves of palm trees.

Text by Jane Pettigrew • Photography Courtesy of N Sethia Foundation

The wealthy have always liked to demonstrate their standing in society by acquiring beautiful objects made from silver. As soon as tea was introduced into Europe in the 17th century, those who could afford silver wares gradually added them to their collections of porcelain and earthenware. This sixth and final article about the Chitra Collection explores the manufacture and use of such items in Europe, North America, and beyond.

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